Deacons has a unique culture, developed organically as the firm has evolved at the heart of Hong Kong’s business community over the last 170 years.
We are a diverse organisation in terms of people. We are looking for individuals with their own personalities and strengths, who will ultimately be able to develop relationships as trusted legal advisers to clients. We look for individuals with a high degree of intelligence and a strong work ethic, but there are also other attributes which we regard as fundamentally important:
It takes years to develop a professional reputation, but without integrity this can be lost in an instant. We regard integrity as an absolutely core value. Integrity requires good morals and good judgment. Difficult questions of judgment are made easier by experience but to a large extent integrity, like intelligence, is an innate quality.
We want people who will take pride in delivering work to a very high standard. It is what our clients expect and deserve. Professionalism requires technical ability, effort and good judgment. Its attainment is also an integral part of job satisfaction.
This is important at a number of levels: as part of the learning process for lawyers, as a way to pool know-how to maximise performance and as a way to deliver work in the most efficient manner. We find that it is also one of the most enjoyable aspects of working at the firm.
We work together with organisations that form part of the framework of our professional environment, such as the Law Society of Hong Kong. At Deacons, we also look to give back to society in a variety of ways, ranging from pro bono work for a number of charitable or social organisations to organised charitable work and contributions through our Deacons Cares programme. We know that we are in a very privileged position as respected professionals doing a job that we love. Giving back is an important part of our firm’s values.
We look for people with emotional intelligence and commercial acumen: people who will be genuinely interested in our clients’ business. Our clients expect us to present thorough legal advice as a matter of course. To get to the next level, as trusted advisers, lawyers need to think from a client’s perspective, to look at problems from different angles, pose the right questions and look for innovative ways to help clients.